Lawyer says federal agents threatened Sherry Pierce in bribery case | Crimeandsafety – Arizona News

Lawyer says federal agents threatened Sherry Pierce in bribery case | Crimeandsafety – Arizona News

Federal agents threatened to indict the wife of Gary Pierce if the former utility regulator did not plead guilty to bribery charges, Sherry Pierce’s attorney have charged.

Ashley Adams said FBI agents showed up at the door of the couple on May 16, just days before a federal grand jury indicted both of them.

“My client was in her robe,’’ she told U.S. District Court Judge James Tuchi. Adams said the agents, with a draft of the proposed indictment in their hands, told Gary that if he did not plead guilty “we’re going to indict the mother of your children and the grandmother of your grandchildren.’’

The allegations came as Adams and the attorneys for the other defendants went to court to get access to various FBI interviews, case agent notes and other documents.

According to an indictment, George H. Johnson, owner of Johnson Utilities, funneled $31,500 to Sherry Pierce for what prosecutors contend was minimal work. The contention is that the funds really were a bribe for Gary Pierce to vote on two issues for Johnson’s benefit.

All have pleaded innocent.

 

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